Monthly Archives: April 2010

Not Forgotten

Had he lived, today 30 April 2010 would have been the 90th birthday of my uncle Fran, after whom I take my middle name. He had hardly left school when he volunteered, unknown to his family, in 1939 to join … Continue reading

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An Appeal To Readers

Last night I posted up a piece which was, in part, about the social isolation and disintegration that I thought the smoking ban was causing. This evening, among the responses, there was the following anonymous message: I am getting too … Continue reading

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Drowned Smokers

The media and the blogs have been full of Gordon Brown’s latest gaffe, privately calling a Labour voter a ‘bigot’ minutes after publicly telling her how pleased he was to meet her. Pundits have been out in force to assess … Continue reading

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Almost Like Summer

I sat out in the sun by the river today. It’s been warm, and almost like summer. One of the female ducks (duchesses?) came down the river, and swung off the main flow and turned about and heaved to near … Continue reading

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Antismoking and Antisemitism

Smokers and their supporters spend quite a lot of time looking closely at antismoking science over the past century, and picking it apart. The two books I advertise in the right margin – Velvet Glove, Iron Fist, and Smokescreens – … Continue reading

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Nomads and Settlers

“There is no such thing as society,” Margaret Thatcher once famously said. “There are only men, women, and families”. And that might be taken as one extreme view of rugged individualism (isn’t a family a society, though?). The Libertarian concept … Continue reading

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Decay and Corruption

We live in a time of decay and corruption. Antismoking science is corrupt science. And it gets more and more corrupt with every passing year. A lot of people think that the corruption began in the 1970s with the invention … Continue reading

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